February 14, 1976
1. TOM SKORNIA
Somewhat of an industry spokesman on energy conservation matters, and more
recently on the losing end of a legislature battle related to the point-of-sale
(POS) automated checkout.
2. LES HOGAN
Les is indeed virtually unheard of these days except in his role as speechmaker.
Don maligns Les a bit much for cutting R&D.Les threw the R&D types into
production to fix up pressing problems there, and at the time (1971) such action
was sorely needed.
3. OUTSIDE DESIGN HOUSES
A few of Don Farina's points should be emphasized. It is certainly true that
the semiconductor firms are quite satisfied to have someone else take over the
burden of engineering design and prototype evaluation. Also, the best design
people tend to enjoy the illusive euphoria of entrepreneurship, which leads even
the larger semiconductor houses (like National) to seek design and development
services from outside firms (like RAMPOWER, for RAM design).
AMS was late in getting into the 4K race, partly as a result of being obstinate
in pushing P-Channel metal-gate MOS past its point in time and competitiveness
as compared to silicon-gate N-channel. The second-source arrangement with
National was helpful in catching up, and AMS is now deeply involved in its own
designs for 8K RAM (another mistake like the 2K) and a 16K RAM.
5. AMI 6800
If AMI has refocused efforts "to give full attention to the 6800," the results
of that attention are not being felt yet. Both Motorola and MOS Technology
would benefit if AMI were to become more aggressive in promoting the 6800, as it
is steadily losing ground to the Intel 8080A.
Time isn't necessarily running out for Timex. When the watch business "matures"
(i.e., prices bottom out), the game will change from a technology/manufacturing
problem to a marketing battle. Timex has demonstrated its ability in this
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